GEO. E. VAN SICKLE, PROPRIETOR.
MATTOON, ILLS., May 9th 1861
Here I am down in Egipt 1 mustering in a Regiment of Volunteers. 2 Saturday I muster in one at Bellville and next week one at Anna, near Cairo. I think then the Governor will let me go home. I am very well. Your letter directed to Mr. Grant was received the same day I wrote last. I have no time to write much because I want to get off at 10 o'clock so as t[o] [——] Cars for St. Louis and spend the time [——] this until Saturday with your fath[er] [———] a goodeal to do in the mean time. — [———] of your letter never made me [———]
I saw Mary Duncan's be[au] [———] or two. Told him day before yes[terday] [———] heard from his sweet heart who [———] hear from him. Kiss all th[e] [———] papa and have them kiss you [———] me. If you write to me as soon [———] and direct to Anna Ill. I will [———] shall be there next week and r[———] the 18th.
Love to all.
AL, DLC-USG. Approximately a sixth of the sheet, on the lower right, is torn away.
On May 8, 1861, Ill. Asst. AG J. B. Wyman issued General Orders No. 52, addressed to USG. "I am instructed by the Commander-in-Chief to authorize you to proceed to Mattoon Coles Co. and on Thursday May 9th muster into the service of the State under the provisions of the Ten Regiment act ten companies of Volunteers who will report themselves to you, and who are to form the Regiment for the Seventh Congressional District. From thence you will proceed to Belleville, St. Clair Co and on the 11th of May perform the same duty by organizing the Regiment for the eighth Congressional District. From thence you will proceed to Anna, Union Co. and on the 16th of May perform the same duty by organizing the Regiment for the ninth Congressional District. You will find enclosed the proclamation of the Commander in Chief which will be your guide in the performance of these, your duties." Copy, AG Letterbook, I-ar.